Irish Golf Vacations and Sightseeing for Groups & Couples to Killarney and South West Ireland
Killarney & Southwest
Located in the South West of Ireland in the County of Kerry - Ireland's premier visitor destination. Killarney offers so much to visitors with plenty to see and do all year round. It sprang into prominence when 18th century tourists were drawn to its wonderful setting under the shadow of Ireland’s highest mountains and beside its scenic lakes. Killarney is also the starting point of the drive around the Iveragh peninsula, a dramatically scenic route, commonly known as the Ring of Kerry. The complete route is 100 miles long but your journey will be broken by many stops to admire the scenic beauty of the area that changes dramatically around every corner.
Local Places of Interest and Activities
Muckross House and Gardens — Situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake, amidst the beautiul scenery of Killarney National Park. Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife. William Burn, the well-known Scottish architect, was the designer. Building commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the 19th century landowning class. While in the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores. The Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other garden features include a Sunken Garden, a Rock Garden and a Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established here in 1972.
Gap of Dunloe — For over 200 years visitors to Killarney have been taking 'The Gap Tour'. Without doubt it is a 'classic' in every sense. Travel by coach to Kate Kearney´s Cottage and change there to jaunting car or pony for the journey through the Gap of Dunloe, a magnificent glaciated valley with high cliffs and isolated lakes.
Ross Castle — Built in the 15th century on the shore of Killarney's Lower lake by O' Donoghue Mór. In 1652 Ross fell to the English General General Ludlow. The castle was used as a military barracks in the 18th and 19th centuries. Recently the building has been restored and now open to the public.
Ladies View — The most famous and photographed view of Killarney is to be seen at Ladies' View approximately 11 miles from Killarney town, on the N71 to Kenmare. From here there is a marvellous view of the Killarney Valley. A little further on is another parking area offering spectacular views of the Upper Lake and its islands. Corrán Tuathail, Ireland's highest peak, and the McGillycuddy Reeks (mountains) tower over this most memorable scene.
Tours to take from Killarney
Ring of Kerry
Stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Iveragh Peninsula has a backbone of mighty mountains. Every environment is here, from the snow-capped Corrán Tuathail, Ireland´s loftiest peak, through woodland and blanket bog, to the sandy beaches of the coast. The warm waters of the Gulf Stream ensure a mild climate all the year round. Sub-tropical plants grow quite happily here - adding marvellous splashes of colour to the countryside.
This is the setting for Ireland´s greatest tour, The Ring of Kerry. The 110-mile (176k) circuit takes in Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville, Sneem, Kenmare, and Killarney. Killorglin, the home of the legendary Puck Fair, straddles the Laune, an excellent salmon-fishing river. The village of Glenbeigh is hugely popular in summer because of the glorious beach at Rossbeigh and the links course at Dooks. At Caherciveen you can visit the birthplace of the great justice-seeker and parliamentarian Daniel O´Connell (1775-1847). The Liberator, as he was known, eventually settled near the beautiful secluded beaches of Derrynane. In this century, Charlie Chaplin of silent screen fame was a regular visitor to Waterville. Sneem, possibly Ireland´s most colourful village, has won national awards for its beauty and neatness. George Bernard Shaw did much of his playwriting while staying at the nearby Parknasilla Hotel. While much of the coach traffic takes the direct route from Sneem to Moll´s Gap, it is worth going the extra miles to visit the town of Kenmare with its delightful shops and excellent restaurants. If you travel the Ring anti-clockwise, as most traffic tends to do, then spectacular views await you as you head from Moll´s Gap down into the Killarney Valley.
The Dingle Peninsula is widely regarded as having some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland. Within its small compass it has many interesting antiquities, historic sites, a large number of ancient stone monuments and varied mountain scenery than any other part of Ireland. The combination of rugged mountains, craggy cliffs and long sandy beaches brought David Lean here to film 'Ryan's Daughter' in 1970. More recently, the Tom Cruise film 'Far and Away' was made in the Slea Head area. Dingle town is also an important commercial fishing port, built around an enclosed harbour and has many fine restaurants and craft shops.
Ardfert Cathedral — Situated 8 km (5 miles) north west of Tralee on the Ballyheigue Road. It owes its origin to Saint Brendan, who founded a monastry there in the 6th Century. Extensive ruins of the ancient Cathedral and Abbey bear ample testimony to its past.
Banna Strand — for the spectacular view over Tralee Bay, and its association with Sir Roger Casement, to whom there's a monument. In April 1916, on the eve of the Easter Rising, Casement was captured by local police as he attempted to land at Banna Strand from a German submarine. He was tried and executed for high treason in 1916, and his body was returned from England to Ireland in 1965 to be reinterred with full military honours . You can carry on round the cliffs of Kerry Head for more great vistas - south over Tralee Bay, north across the mouth of the Shannon.
Foynes Flying Boat Museum — From 1939 to 1945 Foynes, was the centre of the aviation world, for air traffic between the United States and Europe. The Foynes Museum recalls this era with a comprehensive range of exhibits and graphic illustrations. The museum features the original Terminal Building, Radio and Weather Room (complete with transmitters, receivers and Morse code equipment). The exhibits feature an introduction to the first transatlantic passenger service and Foynes during the war years. Irish Coffee was invented in Foynes. Chef Joe Sheridan made the first in 1942 to warm up some damp and miserable passengers. Since then Irish Coffee has become one the most popular welcoming drinks in the world.